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Common name: Forest Buttercup
Ranunculus plebeius R.Br. ex DC. APNI*
Description: Pilose perennial. Flowering stems branched, 8–80 cm high.
Leaves with lamina ovate to triangular in outline, 1–7 cm long and often broader, usually ternate and the segments further ternately lobed and with acute teeth; petiole 3–30 cm long.
Flowers 7–16 mm diam. Petals 5, usually elliptic, 5–10 mm long, 2.5–3.5 mm wide, golden-yellow; the nectary with an ovate or elliptic lobe.
Achenes 1.8–2.8 mm long, smooth with a narrow marginal ridge.
Distribution and occurrence: In moist sites in forest and woodland, mostly below 1000 m alt.
NSW subdivisions: NC, CC, SC, NT, CT, ST
Other Australian states: Qld Vic.
Text by B. G. Briggs & R. O. Makinson
Taxon concept: Flora of NSW 1 (1990)
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